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LAUNCH ALERT: SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster That Launched NASA Astronauts Back To Work Monday, Launching South Korean Satellite

The Falcon 9 booster that launched NASA's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken is back to work, launching South Korea's first dedicated military satellite from Cape Canaveral. Photo: SpaceX

The rocket that launched SpaceX’s first human mission is back to work — launching a South Korean military satellite Monday from Cape Canaveral. An attempt last week to launch the payload was scrubbed due to hardware issues.

The Falcon 9 rocket will launch South Korea’s first dedicated military satellite into a geostationary orbit which allows the satellite to focus on the same position while in space.

SpaceX routinely lands the first stage booster and reuses the rocket, an effort to lower the cost of access to space.

This Falcon 9 booster previously launched SpaceX’s Demonstration Mission 2 which sent NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. It was the first human launch from the United States in nearly a decade.

The South Korean satellite launch window opens at 5 p.m. EST and closes at 8:55 p.m.. The 45th Space Wing forecasts favorable weather for the launch attempt.

SpaceX will again attempt to land and reuse this booster, targeting touchdown on a barge out in the Atlantic.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »